Operator: Qatar Egypt
Status: On Order In Service / On Order
Number: 24 Delivered: 9 / On Order: 15
Cost: $7.5 billion Part of a $5.7 billion deal
Acquired: Deal reached May 4 2015; First deliveries expect in 2017 Deal reached February 2015; First deliveries July 2015
General Specs
Country of origin: France
Role: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: Dassault Aviation
Introduced: 1986
Power plant: 2 x Snecma M88-2 trubofan
Thrust: Dry: 10,971 lbs
Afterburner: 16,620 lbs
Wingspan: 35.8 ft (10.9 m)
Length: 50.2 ft (15.3 m)
Height: 17.4 ft (5.3 m)
Weight (empty): 22,000 lbs (9,979 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 54,000 lbs (24,494 kg)
Fuel Capacity: Internal: 10,300 lbs (4672 kg)
External: up to 14,700 lbs (6667.8 kg)
Max Speed: Mach 1.8  (1,484 mph/2,389.1 kmh)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
Combat radius: 1,150.8 miles (1,852 km)
Crew: 1 (C model); 2 (B model)
Armament: 14 x hardpoints and 21,000 lbs (9525.4 kg)
Guns: 1 x 30mm Nexter 30M791 internal cannon
30mm Type CC630 twin external gun pod
Air-to-air: MBDA MICA heating seeking or active radar homing
Magic II
MBDA Meteor
Air-to-ground: AM39 Exocet
Brimstone missiles
SCALP/Storm Shadow stand-off missile
AASM Hammer 125, 250, 500, and 1000 GPS guided bombs
GBU-58 Paveway II 250 lbs laser-guided bomb (LGB)
GBU-12 Paveway II 500 lbs LGB
GBU-22 Paveway II 500 lbs  LGB
GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II 500 lbs LGB
GBU-24 A/B Paveway III 2,000 lbs LGB
GBU-10 Paveway II 2,000 lbs LGB
Mk81 250 lbs dumb bomb
Mk82 500 lbs dumb bomb
Mk83 1000 lbs dumb bomb
Mk84 2,000 lbs dumb bomb
LR68 68mm rockets
ASMPA Nuclear stand-off missile
Radar/Sensors: Thales RBE2 Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
Thales Front sector optronics (FSO)
Damocles laser targeting pod
Areos reconnaissance pod
Countermeasures/Defenses: Thales/MBDA Spectra electronic warfare suite
Misc Systems: Link 16 data link


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